Fun with a broken CFL

Ecobulbs are a menace, so it’s a good thing that both the US and Canada have seen the light and reversed decisions that would take away our trusty incandescents.

The folks at the Media Research Center have fun with a broken CFL:

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You can view the EPA’s disposal instructions for a broken CFL here. Or you can do it the Bayonet way.

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Getting Gaia’s Groove On

Give it up for the freshest global hoax on da planet yo.

The EPA and climate scientists have a deadly new weapon in their arsenal to convince the world a trace gas essential to life on Earth is doing more harm than good: Rap.  No, really.

The EPA is desperate to avoid being defunded and climate scientists are desperate to lose any last vestige of credibility and dignity they may have left.  How else to explain the lamest rap battle of all time?  West Coast vs. East Coast 2.0 it’s not.

First up is the EPA’s CLick It.  MC EPA discovered a beat box from 1982 and a lyricist who mainlined copier toner for 25 years:

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The competition is hard-core yo.  The bad mofo’s in lab coats get their Andy Samberg on with a full video and a NSFW language warning:

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Word, or something.  Next week, Jim ‘Def Trains’ Hansen and Mikey-Mike Mann strap on hammer pants for a cover of ‘Just the Two of Us’.  Epic, man.

For those skeptics confused about what climate raps mean, it’s what winning looks like.

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Getting Gaia’s Groove On

Give it up for the freshest global hoax on da planet yo.

The EPA and climate scientists have a deadly new weapon in their arsenal to convince the world a trace gas essential to life on Earth is doing more harm than good: Rap.  No, really.

The EPA is desperate to avoid being defunded and climate scientists are desperate to lose any last vestige of credibility and dignity they may have left.  How else to explain the lamest rap battle of all time?  West Coast vs. East Coast 2.0 it’s not.

First up is the EPA’s CLick It.  MC EPA discovered a beat box from 1982 and a lyricist who mainlined copier toner for 25 years:

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The competition is hard-core yo.  The bad mofo’s in lab coats get their Andy Samberg on with a full video and a NSFW language warning:

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Word, or something.  Next week, Jim ‘Def Trains’ Hansen and Mikey-Mike Mann strap on hammer pants for a cover of ‘Just the Two of Us’.  Epic, man.

For those skeptics confused about what climate raps mean, it’s what winning looks like.

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Hide the Incline

When is a hockey stick graph not a hockey stick graph?

When it shows oil prices, not pretend climate change:

*created with the gasbuddy.com chart tool

High gas prices are bad for the economy, bad for business, bad for consumers and very, very bad for politicians.

US energy policy is behind much of the price increase, the Obama administration seems intent on doing everything possible to prevent domestic drilling for oil.  Last week the EPA blocked Shell from exploiting reserves off the Alaskan coast.  Last year the administration imposed a Gulf moratorium on offshore drilling in the wake of the rig disaster.

But it’s not a bug in energy policy, it’s a feature.  Don’t take my word for it, here’s the plan for “coal, natural gas, you name it…“:

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Cap and trade failed to pass, but what couldn’t be legislated can be regulated.  Obama’s blunt instrument to regulate energy policy is the increasingly activist EPA.  Economics 101 says if supply is squeezed, prices increase.

It’s fair to suggest the EPA is on a supply squeeze mission:

Breaking even the lowest standards of credulity on the same day of the President’s Saudi plea, Lisa Jackson, the EPA administrator said rising gasoline prices were not her agency’s fault. Upward pressure on gas prices was “not coming from any environmental or health regulation.” Really? This from an agency that even its more ardent supporters think as the most intrusive and recalcitrant, ever, an agency that has attempted to regulate by government edict rather than legislative fiat.

The drive behind the desire for high energy prices comes from the environmental lobby.  They want oil, natural gas and other useful, life enhancing abundant fuels to be restricted, banned or demonized until you feel guilty even thinking about filling up your SUV.

So you’d think that Obama would be front and center taking credit for keeping his promise to hike energy prices, right?

Wrong.  In fact, the President is doing everything he can to deflect blame:

On Thursday, the White House unveiled a task force called the Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group, which would investigate “fraud or manipulation” in oil markets that could affect gas prices.

“We will be vigilant in monitoring the oil and gas markets for any wrongdoing so that consumers can be confident they are not paying higher prices as a result of illegal activity,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement after Obama announced the news at a town hall in Nevada. Holder vowed to take “swift action” against those who illegally contribute to gas-price gouging and manipulation.

In addition to the launch of the working group, Obama argued, another important short-term step is to immediately stop oil and gas companies receiving $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies. “They’re making record profits and you’re paying near record prices at the pump,” he said. “It has to stop.”

It’s speculators, it’s oil companies, it’s crooks or it’s subsidies.  Whatever is causing high gas prices, Obama wants America to know it ain’t his fault.  Except it is.

To modify a Clintonite refrain – it’s the supply, stupid.

America has ample supplies of fossil fuels, and if it did find itself short then Canada is sitting atop a veritable embarrassment of oily riches and would be more than happy to provide all the fuel Americans can use.

The only thing standing between North America and cheaper gas is the political will to drill, baby, drill.  Instead, we get excuses that sound shrill, baby, shrill.

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Hide the Incline

When is a hockey stick graph not a hockey stick graph?

When it shows oil prices, not pretend climate change:

*created with the gasbuddy.com chart tool

High gas prices are bad for the economy, bad for business, bad for consumers and very, very bad for politicians.

US energy policy is behind much of the price increase, the Obama administration seems intent on doing everything possible to prevent domestic drilling for oil.  Last week the EPA blocked Shell from exploiting reserves off the Alaskan coast.  Last year the administration imposed a Gulf moratorium on offshore drilling in the wake of the rig disaster.

But it’s not a bug in energy policy, it’s a feature.  Don’t take my word for it, here’s the plan for “coal, natural gas, you name it…“:

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Cap and trade failed to pass, but what couldn’t be legislated can be regulated.  Obama’s blunt instrument to regulate energy policy is the increasingly activist EPA.  Economics 101 says if supply is squeezed, prices increase.

It’s fair to suggest the EPA is on a supply squeeze mission:

Breaking even the lowest standards of credulity on the same day of the President’s Saudi plea, Lisa Jackson, the EPA administrator said rising gasoline prices were not her agency’s fault. Upward pressure on gas prices was “not coming from any environmental or health regulation.” Really? This from an agency that even its more ardent supporters think as the most intrusive and recalcitrant, ever, an agency that has attempted to regulate by government edict rather than legislative fiat.

The drive behind the desire for high energy prices comes from the environmental lobby.  They want oil, natural gas and other useful, life enhancing abundant fuels to be restricted, banned or demonized until you feel guilty even thinking about filling up your SUV.

So you’d think that Obama would be front and center taking credit for keeping his promise to hike energy prices, right?

Wrong.  In fact, the President is doing everything he can to deflect blame:

On Thursday, the White House unveiled a task force called the Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group, which would investigate “fraud or manipulation” in oil markets that could affect gas prices.

“We will be vigilant in monitoring the oil and gas markets for any wrongdoing so that consumers can be confident they are not paying higher prices as a result of illegal activity,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement after Obama announced the news at a town hall in Nevada. Holder vowed to take “swift action” against those who illegally contribute to gas-price gouging and manipulation.

In addition to the launch of the working group, Obama argued, another important short-term step is to immediately stop oil and gas companies receiving $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies. “They’re making record profits and you’re paying near record prices at the pump,” he said. “It has to stop.”

It’s speculators, it’s oil companies, it’s crooks or it’s subsidies.  Whatever is causing high gas prices, Obama wants America to know it ain’t his fault.  Except it is.

To modify a Clintonite refrain – it’s the supply, stupid.

America has ample supplies of fossil fuels, and if it did find itself short then Canada is sitting atop a veritable embarrassment of oily riches and would be more than happy to provide all the fuel Americans can use.

The only thing standing between North America and cheaper gas is the political will to drill, baby, drill.  Instead, we get excuses that sound shrill, baby, shrill.

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Rand rants about his busted flush

Senator Rand Paul takes a few minutes to tell Kathleen Hogan, US deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency exactly what most of us think about the useless green products they insist we buy.

Enjoy.

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There’s a 50/50 chance that Sen. Paul enjoyed a cigarette right after that, it had to feel good.

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Carbon pollution – the movie

Greens have taken to calling the invisible gas you’re currently exhaling ‘carbon pollution’.  It’s nonsense, of course, but that hasn’t stopped the EPA from demonizing CO2 as a planet-killer while conveniently forgetting the world would actually be a barren rock without it.

Given this context, what follows is a horrifying glorification of wanton pollution by the most recognizable brand on the planet.  You may want children in the room to turn away before viewing the short film.

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If you were able to watch the whole thing without crying, you may have noticed how the gaseous poison was highlighted, nay celebrated, with sparkles – almost as if there was nothing to worry about.

Big Soda is truly evil – the tag line at the end ‘Light It Up’ is a clear signal that they intend for the planet to burn.  We’re doomed.

Round-up tomorrow.

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Eco-bulbs linked to breast cancer

A new study suggests that compact fluorescent light bulbs may cause an increase in breast cancer:

Abraham Haim, a professor of biology at Haifa University in Israel, said that the bluer light that compact flourescent lamps (CFLs) emitted closely mimiced daylight, disrupting the body’s production of the hormone melatonin more than older-style filament bulbs, which cast a yellower light.  Melatonin, thought to protect against some breast and prostate cancers, is produced and secreted by the brain’s pineal gland around the clock.

Whether or not the study is reliable is irrelevant, we can use the alarmist tactic of the ‘precautionary principle‘ used to justify any number of green ideas to prevent slightly milder weather caused by a trace gas essential to life on Earth.

Breast cancer is serious and the charities that support it are powerful enough to make the White House pink every year.

what powerful charity looks like

How will Big Green defend its favorite eco-product when people ask questions not just about the dangers of mercury or migraines but the risk of breast cancer? Yesterday I wrote about how wind power is being challenged on its risk to health and I’ll quote a comment by reader Jeff who accurately notes that when it comes to opposing something, a health angle can work best:

Health is the country’s sacred cow, the ace in the hole that nothing can trump… the wind critics in this county are VERY selective in their approach to the dissent. There ‘seems to be’ no point in arguing merits as there is no way to win. Health transcends that…

Even if the breast cancer study turns out to be junk, it won’t matter for the hapless CFL.  Nearly 50% of Americans still believe the MMR vaccine has a link to autism, thanks to fraudulent science and gullible celebrities like Jenny McCarthy.

The breast cancer study could turn CFL’s into a political land mine in a way that their other faults never could.  Governments in the UK, Australia, Canada and the US have mandated their use and banned the use of safe and trusted incandescent bulbs.  The inevitable question for politicians is how many mothers, sisters and daughters are they willing to lose in the name of greenwashing?

Round-Up tomorrow.

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E15 Gas: A green disaster for your car

The EPA has mandated that E15 gasoline will become the norm for most drivers in the US.  The agency decided the 15% ethanol, 85% gasoline mix is safe for use in cars dated 2001 and newer:

The agency said that 15 percent ethanol blended with gasoline is safe for cars and light-duty trucks manufactured between 2001 and 2006, expanding an October decision that the higher blend is safe for cars built since 2007.The maximum gasoline blend has been 10 percent ethanol.

Whether or not the blend is really a good option for your vehicle is uncertain – the EPA’s scientific credibility is at best shaky after it declared plant food a ‘dangerous pollutant‘.

The existing 10% ethanol-blend gas has problems, but the good folk at Popular Mechanics are concerned about what happens when a few drops of water get into the fuel tank when E15 is used:

How does water get into the fuel tank? It’s possible that water dripped into the tank at the gas station or ­refueling depot, or a stray raindrop or snowflake made its way into your tank or jerrycan, but most water infiltration is from condensation. As the temperature in a tank changes, air has to be vented in and out or the tank will bulge or split. Incoming air carries moisture. When the H2O in the gas gets above a critical percentage—its saturation point—all of the water and alcohol drops out and settles into the bottom of the tank. This is what chemists call phase separation; the various components of the fuel are no longer a homogeneous mixture.

Water in your fuel is bad and more ethanol in fuel can make this a real problem, especially for drivers in regions that experience large temperature variations – but that’s not the only issue with E15.  Heat is a problem too.  Ethanol burns hotter than regular gas and that’s bad news for your expensive catalytic converter:

General Motors biofuel implementation manager C. Coleman Jones said that the increased ethanol levels caused problems in at least half of the engines tested. E15 made engines run hot, compromised catalytic converters and even damaged cylinder walls. Jones added that E15 could leave motorists stranded on the roadside.

The new EPA-approved gas blend is bad for cars of a certain age, but that is just the beginning of a list of problems with ethanol:

It’s the politics, stupid

Al Gore admitted his tie-breaking vote to save the subsidy-dependent ethanol industry was a politically motivated decision because he wanted to please the corn belt ahead of running for President.  Gore now calls ethanol ‘a mistake‘.  John McCain called the fuel ‘a joke‘, yet the US government resists pulling the subsidies, which is why the E15 decision is political, not environmental.  There is and was a glut of ethanol production when the economic downturn depressed demand for all fuels, so there are fewer gallons of gas being sold in which to blend the ethanol into.  The government solution: prop up the ethanol industry by mandating an increase in the ethanol blend:

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recommends that a higher percentage of ethanol be blended into gasoline to support the nation’s struggling biofuel industry. The United States currently allows gasoline to contain a maximum of 10.2 percent ethanol, most of which is produced from corn.  “My hope is that we get a blend rate that’s higher than 10 percent,” Vilsack said, according to Reuters. “That’s going to create more opportunities for the ethanol industry.”

Ethanol increases food prices

Food prices are increasing this winter, a percentage of which is caused by the developed world burning food for fuel.  A few years ago there were riots in Mexico and Italy over grain prices – this year may see more unrest as poorer nations discover they cannot afford to feed themselves.  Some of what you’re seeing from Jordan and Egypt in the news is related to food prices.  The price effect on food caused by ethanol is one of the greatest reasons why the idea should be consigned to the garbage can of bad green ideas, because we’re burning food for no net benefit to Gaia.

Ethanol is bad for the environment

Don’t take my word for it, ask perennial hippie David Suzuki:

Ethanol made from corn only contains marginally more energy than what is needed to produce it. In fact, we use about a litre’s worth of fossil fuels to grow, harvest, process, and transport a litre of corn-based ethanol. Many people argue that making corn-based ethanol is more of an agricultural subsidy for farmers than it is a sound environmental policy.

Ethanol-laced gas is bad for cars, bad for the environment, bad for poor people, but good for agenda-politics.  No wonder the EPA was keen to act.

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